June 11, 2017

Trump claims he did not ask Comey for loyalty, did not ask Comey to drop Flynn investigation. “U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday denied he tried to interfere with an FBI investigation, effectively accusing James Comey, the FBI’s former director, of lying under oath to Congress.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN1901FJ

U.S. Special Forces in Philippines to assist in battle for Marawi. “Philippine army spokesman Brig Gen Restituto Padilla Jr has vowed that the national flag will be flying once again over all of Marawi by Monday – the Philippine national day.”   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40231605

UK Labour Party under left-leaning Corbyn wins 32 seats, Conservatives lose 13. “Corbyn often was compared to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), though his views are decidedly more left-wing than Sanders.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/discontented-voters-make-their-voices-heard-in-britain-us-and-elsewhere/2017/06/10/317da2f2-4d62-11e7-bc1b-fddbd8359dee_story.html

“Anti-Sharia” group holds rallies around the country. “Demonstrations against Islamic law led to arrests, tense confrontations and physical fights in some U.S. cities Saturday amid several rallies sponsored by ACT for America, which the Southern Poverty Law Center designates as an anti-Muslim hate group.”   http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/anti-muslim-act-america-stage-marches-against-sharia-law-nationwide-n767386

Clintons reportedly used unpaid prison labor while living in the Arkansas governor’s mansion. “The Clintons were perfectly content to be waited on by black people who received no compensation and (who) would have been pursued and dragged back in chains if they had tried to leave.”   https://www.currentaffairs.org/2017/06/the-clintons-had-slaves

Chelsea Manning says she leaked information on wars and U.S. diplomacy because she felt  “a responsibility to the public”. “We all have a responsibility.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/06/09/chelsea-manning-on-leaking-information-i-have-a-responsibility-to-the-public/

Exxon Mobil accuses New York prosecutor of orchestrating a “political witch hunt” with climate change investigation. “ExxonMobil’s use of different metrics, in different circumstances, to accomplish different goals evinces prudent financial stewardship, applying appropriate assumptions in appropriate cases.”   http://money.cnn.com/2017/06/09/news/companies/exxon-climate-new-york-attorney-general/

Judge denied bail for employee who leaked NSA document on Russian election hacking. “A federal judge on Thursday denied bail to Reality Leigh Winner, the 25-year-old Georgia woman accused of leaking classified information to the media, after prosecutors argued she remains a flight risk, a threat to the public and could possibly leak more government documents.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/06/09/judges-denies-bail-for-accused-nsa-leaker-reality-winner-after-not-guilty-plea/

Man arrested for possession of bomb-making materials and accused of threats to blow up buildings and kill people, released on bail. “Federal Judge Thomas McCoun granted bond for 21-year-old Brandon Russell on Friday, stating there was no clear and convincing evidence “the defendant represents a threat to any person or community”.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/06/no-threat-to-persons-or-community-florida-judge-grants-bail-to-neo-nazi-arrested-with-bomb-making-materials/   Police claim the man had a framed picture of Timothy McVeigh on his dresser.

People’s Summit opens in Chicago. “The three-day People’s Summit, headlined by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), kicked off Friday, bringing together those committed to an agenda “that can enhance and expand issue campaigns and hold all elected officials accountable to popular demands for justice, equality, and freedom”.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/10/peoples-summit-live-chicago

Sanders calls for changes in Democratic Party. “The Democratic Party must understand what side it is on. And that cannot be the side of Wall Street, or the fossil fuel industry, or the drug companies.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/11/bernie-sanders-lambasts-absolute-failure-of-democratic-partys-strategy

Australian filmmaker facing espionage charges in Cambodia. “He has been an outspoken critic of the Cambodian government, describing it as a “dictatorship” on his Facebook page.”   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/11/australian-film-maker-charged-with-espionage-in-cambodia   What a great cover for a spy – foreign anti-government filmmaker!

Pakistani man sentenced to death for “blasphemous” remarks on Facebook. “Raza had a Facebook argument about Islam with someone who turned out to be a counter-terrorism department official, defense lawyer Rana Fida Hussain said.”   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/11/pakistan-man-sentenced-to-death-for-blasphemy-on-facebook

16% fewer foreign tourists visiting U.S. after travel ban attempts says Foursquare. “The study was focused… on stops made at venues such as convention centers, restaurants, museums, stores, etc. by tourists who are visiting from abroad, instead of looking at hotel and airport data.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/how-has-trump-affected-international-tourism-dip-foreign-travelers-us-16-study-says-2549020

Seven protesters shot on Israeli-Gaza border, one dies. “The Israeli military said Palestinians rolled burning tires and hurled rocks at soldiers stationed on the border.”   https://www.yahoo.com/news/palestinians-gaza-man-killed-protest-gaza-border-165543994.html

Metadata makes it difficult to move, communicate or leak anonymously. “The pattern of (micro)dots (which appeared on leaked NSA documents), when looked up through a guide posted by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, reveal the exact date, time, and printer of the document.”   https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-06-09/it-s-not-just-your-color-printer-could-betray-you-here-are-5-other-ways-you-re

NPR story on UK election results fails to mention Labour Party’s leader, but does mention “divisions” in the party. “There were 771 words in NPR.org‘s lead day-after story (6/9/17) on the results of the British elections. None of them were “Jeremy” or “Corbyn”.”   http://fair.org/home/the-day-after-corbyns-surprise-surge-npr-would-rather-talk-about-buckethead/

Georgia cops reportedly patted down 900 high school students in warrantless, school-wide search. “The students say that on April 14, sheriff’s deputies searched hundreds of students for drugs, with some officers groping students’ breasts and genitalia.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/9/headlines/georgia_900_students_sue_claiming_police_groped_them_in_drug_search

Haitians protest at Hillary Clinton commencement speech. “Outside Clinton’s speech, members of the Haitian human rights group Komokoda held a protest, saying the Clinton Foundation stole money intended for Haiti’s reconstruction after the 2010 earthquake.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/9/headlines/new_york_city_haitians_protest_hillary_clinton_commencement_address

Witnesses say they heard five shots during shooting of motorist by police in Brentwood, California, police have released few details. “Both suspects were taken to a hospital and both were still alive Saturday morning, according to Herbert. No police officers were injured.”   http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Suspect-Shot-by-Police-in-Brentwood-427664173.html

Family of Ashtabula, Ohio man shot by police while holding intruder at gunpoint claim public is being misinformed. “They didn’t order him to drop the gun. Brendan was shot immediately upon the police entrance into the home, and there was no scuffle going on at the time the police entered that house.”   http://www.bet.com/news/national/2017/06/09/brendan-hester-shot-by-police-and-in-critical-condition.html

Philadelphia area man reportedly shot in the back while running from police officer. “(Commissioner) Ross warns the video could be taken out of context, and (may) not show if the male was threatening to fire while he was running away.”   http://6abc.com/news/family-members-id-man-in-fatal-officer-involved-shooting-/2073797/

Chicago man claims in lawsuit that he was tasered by police while comforting his dying brother.   http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/suit-chicago-police-used-excessive-force-on-man-as-brother-lay-dying/

Family of man killed by Minneapolis police officers during struggle files lawsuit. “The five-page lawsuit says the officers violated Clark’s right “to be free from excessive force and unreasonable seizure” when they took him to the ground and then shot him.”   http://www.startribune.com/family-of-jamar-clark-sues-two-minneapolis-police-officers-alleging-excessive-use-of-force/427516873/

Jury awards $323,000 to Connecticut man who was tased and punched in the eye during his arrest. “We asked the jury to send a message to the city of Bridgeport, and they did.”   http://www.ctpost.com/policereports/article/Man-who-claims-cops-gave-him-a-black-eye-wins-11203366.php


June 11, 2017

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